Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

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Source: Office of Senator Diane Feinstein

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the deadly boat fire off Santa Cruz Island near Ventura, Calif.:

 “It’s inconceivable that with all the safety regulations we have in place today, a fire on a boat can lead to the loss of life we saw this morning near Santa Cruz Island.

“We need an immediate and robust interagency investigation. The Coast Guard, along with officials from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, are already hard at work. Once personnel from the NTSB and FBI join the effort tomorrow, we must learn as much as possible about how this happened and how future tragedies can be prevented.

“We need to know whether all applicable safety regulations were being followed and whether additional regulations need to be applied, particularly regulations concerning boats that accommodate overnight passengers.

“We must know what fire-suppression systems and other emergency equipment are in place on these boats and whether they were in working order on the Conception.

“And we need to understand exactly how the crew was trained and, if they were awake and above-deck, why they were unable to alert or help rescue passengers.

“A tragedy of this nature is simply unimaginable, and my thoughts and prayers are with the families of those involved. My thanks to the Coast Guard and local first responders for their diligence. Hopefully the lessons learned from this disaster will ensure that no more lives are needlessly lost.”

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mrtrump Sep 02, 2019 03:20 PM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

Of course it should be investigated. Questions should be asked. Why did the City of Santa Barbara give a business permit to Truth Aquatics when the city knew there was only one, very narrow, escape route out of the boat's bunk/sleeping area? Was propane used to cook food onboard the boat? Did the city inspect the galley area for safe conditions? Don't rush to criticize people for asking questions like these, since they are the very questions the victim's families will be asking.

Factotum Sep 02, 2019 08:37 PM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

From SFGate: Allegedly Coast Guard requires a generator and electric stoves for any passenger boats; not propane. There were allegedly also two exits. From SFGate: .........."I was recently on this boat - earlier this summer.

A comprehensive safety briefing was conducted by the captain and all passengers aboard were required to be present. The captain shared the procedure for deploying life boats, basic emergency radio operation, the location of life jackets, and the location of two bunk room exits – a stairay towards the bow and an escape hatch near the stern of the boat. The briefing also discussed the alarms on board, underwater alarms, and location of fire extinguishers. It was done within the galley at the site of the emergency escape hatch, a roughly two-feet by two-feet square plank of wood with no lock or latch on it that leads to the bunks below....."

a-1567469198 Sep 02, 2019 05:06 PM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

After her lengthy career she finally gets something g right. “It’s inconceivable that with all the safety regulations we have in place today, a fire on a boat can lead to the loss of life we saw this morning near Santa Cruz Island.”

GeneralTree Sep 02, 2019 05:11 PM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

Do you have any direct knowledge of the incident? I do. The vessel maintained the equipment required by the coast guard in their previous inspections, which are frequent.

a-1567502214 Sep 03, 2019 02:16 AM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

There’s s concept in law called “res ipsa loquitur”- the thing speaks for itself. I don’t care who or what you know, this is a third world type of accident. For sure maintenance or procedures led to this incident, unless we get a video of a meteorite hitting the ship or sabotage.

a-1567502468 Sep 03, 2019 02:21 AM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

There’s s concept in law called “res ipsa loquitur”- the thing speaks for itself. I don’t care who or what you know, this is a third world type of accident. For sure maintenance or procedures led to this incident, unless we get a video of a meteorite hitting the ship or sabotage.

Classic Sep 02, 2019 05:44 PM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

We are with heavy hearts. Looking for family, friends, stranger and maybe an enemy or two :). Now is not the time for the shoulda, coulda woulda and gunna. Get out from behind your desk and grab a bucket.

Flicka Sep 02, 2019 06:33 PM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

If the passengers were below deck where do you believe extra escapes should have been? Out of portholes? There would naturally be a full investigation without political intervention. Such a sad event doesn't need grandstanding and critics who know nothing of what happened or how fast the fire exploded.

sbsunshine Sep 02, 2019 07:57 PM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

Tasteless politician that can't even respect the fact the community and families are deep in trauma right now. No need for her to do anything as the experts are already taking care of it. Unbelievably insensitive of her and her staff. This old type of politics is antiquated, selfish, insensitive and incompetent. She is So out of touch with incident protocols. She's no expert at anything but keeping her and her staff employeed thru desperate PR tactics. We have an incredible incident command in place in the county and they are well trained for this disaster. There was much learned from the FEMA disaster. The Sheriff has a really tough job so supporting him with light and prayers and the entire incident team is important. and, they are a team that cares deeply and grieves. Being on the front lines in an authentic honorable way. Unlike this politician.

Luvaduck Sep 03, 2019 08:05 AM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

As usual, a rational reply! BTW, about your multiple accounts being 'flagged' by a nutcase: I consider my 2 or 3 always-downvote followers a compliment: Nobody gets more worked up than emotional fanatics when they are confronted with facts or even other people's opinions.

Shasta Guy Sep 02, 2019 09:06 PM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

California is one of the most heavily regulated states in the nation, yet a tragedy like this can happen. What may have been lacking was common sense, not the correct layer of government regulation. I feel so badly for the deaths and the families who will have empty spots at the tables at the holidays just around the corner. I also feel badly for the crew members who were helpless and had to abandon ship knowing those in their care could not be saved. This tragedy needs an extended moment of silence before the politicians start tooting their own self righteous horns.

AdamVant Sep 03, 2019 01:38 AM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

Do-nothing Feinstein casting aspersions. Calling for an investigation. Gee, really, Dianne, you think there should be an investigation by the Coast Guard to find out what happened to the boat? Wow, I never would have thought of that. Brilliant idea!

holothuroid Sep 03, 2019 07:07 AM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

The Senator's statement is the correct one. Regardless of how well the boat followed CG regulations, sometimes additional oversight is needed. This kind of swift response from government is what victims' families will be looking for; at least it is what I'd look for in their position. Not the usual accident investigation with no follow through.

Luvaduck Sep 03, 2019 07:59 AM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

Or more. So are all the pictures of authors on book covers, celebrities, politicians, most professional people on their home pages and so on. On the few occasions when I have seen them, I'm not shocked. It's pretty standard.

a-1567523752 Sep 03, 2019 08:15 AM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

I lived in San Francisco when Harvey Milk was killed. Senator Feinstein was mayor then, and I recall her courage and stable approach. I liked her then, and she's done nothing to make me change my opinion. She is right, she is smart, she is experienced, she is our representative; an investigation -- that she is confident in -- is important. I believe she is right.

trifco Sep 03, 2019 09:01 AM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

Sen. Feinstein (D-China), calls for investigation after boat fire. Investigation will happened with or without her "call". It's a standard procedure. But "Never let a serious crisis go to waste".

a-1567527484 Sep 03, 2019 09:18 AM
Sen. Feinstein Calls for Investigation After Boat Fire

The boat was in full compliance with Coast Guard regulations. Had great reviews. The captain had been with them since the 80s. The company has been in business since 1974.and has won awards including this year's California Scuba Service Award. They have served many educational institutions as well. Captain Jerry Boylan was hired on with Truth Aquatics in 1983 and received his captains license in 1985. This is not a slip shop operation with dicey employees. I have never been on the boat, nor do I know how to dive but I have read many multiple sites before I posted. Back off Diane we got this!

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